Woman, 22, accused of dismembering husband appears in court


SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband, then dumping his body in rural Mechanicsburg appeared in court for the first time Wednesday.

If convicted Juatasha Denton-McCaster could face more than 60 years in prison.

The 22-year-old showed little emotion in the courtroom Wednesday.

Denton-McCaster was formally charged Wednesday with seven counts involving the death of her husband, Norman McCaster, 22. New charges include three counts of first degree murder and dismembering a human body.


Investigators were still collecting evidence from the young couple's home in Springfield Wednesday afternoon.

They were married less than two years. Denton-McCaster was a student at UIS and Norman McCaster was a member of the National Guard. Police said neither have a previous criminal record.

Neighbors told WAND they were shocked, because they said the McCasters were a quiet couple that they rarely saw.

State's Attorney John Milhiser said the investigation is still open.

"If additional evidence surfaces that indicates that we need to charge additional charges, we will do so," said Milhiser.

Norman McCasters dismembered body was found dumped in rural Mechanicsburg on October 29th.

His identity was a mystery for several weeks, and he was never reported missing. When police questioned Juatasha, she told them her husband had taken all his items and left town.

Denton-McCaster's next court appearance is set for December 6th. She will be appointed a public defender, and is still being held in Sangamon County Jail on $5 million bond.

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